Change always comes with a breath of contention and wrestling coaches have their opinions on and off the record of the latest news regarding the newly formatted District 11 3A and 2A team tournaments.
With 12-teams qualifying in both brackets, nobody has an issue with a larger wrestling party to give more teams an opportunity to compete for postseason opportunities.
Where those teams get seeded and "the ultimate qualifier" bout is where there is room for debate.
As Saturday, Oct. 5, is the start of the antlered archery deer hunting season in Pennsylvania, bowhunters have two major concerns during the opener.
The first concern is tree stand safety. Every year a few bowhunters fall from their tree stands and incur serious bodily injury either because they didn't wear a safety harness or their tree stand became defective. And despite popular belief, it's not older hunters who fall.
Tyler Trobetsky soon won't forget his last birthday.
It was late last fall when Trobetsky was among the Roughies who clinched their first Colonial League football title since 1996. Trobetsky couldn't have asked for a better celebration.
"Sometimes I forget what happened on my birthday," stated the senior lineman. "But that one will always be special. It was such a great feeling winning the (Colonial) league title and then having a medal placed around my neck.
"My goal is to celebrate the same way for this birthday coming up."
Heading into the season, Kyle Rusnock figured to face some challenges as a first-year mentor of the Roughies' cross country program.
Former veteran head coach Charlie Post retired from teaching and decided to spend some of his spare time as an assistant track coach as well as an assistant coach for the Allentown Central Catholic girls' basketball program.
Despite having an unblemished slate through five games, Catasauqua head coach Tom Falzone isn't totally satisfied.
In fact, he is a little worried.
The Roughies' latest whiplashing over an opponent – a 56-34 win over Saucon Valley last week – provided Falzone and his troops with a problem to fix and an incentive toward a deep postseason run.
Catasauqua's Michael Gilmartin qualified for the District 11 golf tournament at the District 11 qualifier Monday.
The qualifier took place at Mahoning Valley Country Club's par-73 course. Gilmartin shot a 93 to tie for 10th place. He's now eligible to play in the district tournament on Monday, Oct. 7, at Blue Ridge Country Club.
Head coach Trajano Bastidas has been the girls' soccer coach at Catasauqua for eight seasons including this fall. He knows his title is head girls soccer coach, but he sees himself as a life coach.
"We teach soccer and ultimately being better people," said Bastidas. "Soccer is being in adversity. This is life here. We ask the girls this, 'how are you going to respond to this?' or 'how are you going to react?' If you react positively, that spills over in to how you are as a person in the real world."
In a shocking revelation, Emmaus' football team actually showed they had guts and beat a rough and tumble Easton squad.
That's what we took away from week five, as the Rovers were brought back down to reality and Emmaus fans must be thinking 'what if' their first couple of games didn't start so poorly.
Like they say, every dog has its day, and the Hornets had theirs. Bethlehem Catholic is certainly having their time as well and Parkland appears to be the king again as week six picks are ripe for your reading.
1. Parkland (4-1)
Last week's rank: 3
The Catasauqua boys soccer season continues to take a roller-coaster ride.
The team won it's first game after going 0-18 last season, and then was 2-2 after four games. But, the team would hit a six-game losing streak in the middle of their year, but currently sit at 4-8.
Such is life for head coach Mike Baclawski, who is trying to build from the ground up.
Heading into this season, Jacob Stopay wanted to improve his offensive game. He realized the Roughies had lost Alex Parker, Eric Matz, and his brother Zac as offensive weapons to graduation and knew his role would increase.
Over the past two seasons, Stopay has quietly been a constant behind some of the team's most notable playmakers.